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The alliance - launched in May, just hours after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the worldwide greenhouse-gas action plan - this week flipped the switch on its first website, an online hub designed "to inform Americans on state actions to address climate change after the USA was the lone holdout in affirming the Paris Agreement at the G20 Summit", according to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Donald Trump's trip to Paris might have made him reconsider his decision on the Paris Climate Accord. The goal of the alliance is to bring states together to reduce emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels, in order to meet or exceed the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan, which Trump has promised to undo.

Climate action will continue to happen in the USA thanks to action by cities, states, businesses, and grassroots advocates, including the Sierra Club and our Beyond Coal and Ready For 100 Campaigns. The lack of leadership by Trump on climate has inspired cities across the U.S.to pass their own resolutions supporting the Paris Agreement, and now there's even more they can do to counter Trump's inaction.


The United States Climate Alliance, dedicated to upholding US commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change, is making progress. Through the America's Pledge initiative, Brown and Bloomberg will work to demonstrate continued climate leadership across USA society, and that subnational action can significantly reduce US greenhouse gas emissions at a time of limited federal leadership.

Following the Trump administration's June announcement that it would officially withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, hundreds of cities and businesses, joined by a handful of states, promised to uphold the country's commitments with or without the federal government.

"Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord, let's see what happens", said Trump, Xinhua reported. Despite President Trump's assertion that there are 20 countries in the G20, the Group of Twenty includes 19 member countries and the European Union, itself comprised of 28 member states - and all of the G20 members in Hamburg this month recommitted to the Paris Agreement, except the United States. The analysis, led by the think-tanks World Resources Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute, will compare that effect with business-as-usual scenarios, as well as the Obama-era Paris commitment. The goal of America's Pledge is to "raise the bar" and "expand the map" as more governments and companies make commitment to reduce their carbon emissions. "If the federal government insists on abdicating leadership on this issue, it will be up to the American people to step forward - and in Virginia we are doing just that". Instead, the cities, states, and businesses - known in official United Nations parlance as "non-party stakeholders" - will join a registry known as the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA). In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.

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